Roofs are expensive to repair and leaky roofs can cause damage to other areas of your home. Therefore, it's a better idea to do whatever you can to prevent your roof from leaking than it is to constantly have to worry about performing repairs.
Caulk the Chimney
If your home has a chimney, you will want to caulk the chimney. Otherwise, cracks can form and this can be a way in which moisture enters your home.
Use Waterproof Barriers
Install waterproof barriers in several key locations on your roof such as your chimney, vents, skylights, eaves, and dormers. Without the barriers, water will seep through and will create water damage, mold, and mildew.
Install Seamless Gutters
Installing the right type of gutters will help you reduce the odds that your roof leaks. This is because certain types of gutters, such as seamless gutters, are less likely to become clogged and you won't have to worry about the gutters causing your gutters overflowed.
Prevent Water Infiltration
Installing flashing will allow you to protect openings in your roof by directing water away from areas of your roof that are considered to be vulnerable. Roof deck protection can also help keep your roof from leaking by keeping the shingles flat. Then, water will be less likely to infiltrate underneath curling shingles. Make sure to also use an underlayment to protect your shingles from rain.
Inspect Your Roof Regularly
Make sure that your roof is inspected regularly. If you find any shingles that are damaged, you'll want to have your roof repaired as soon as possible. If the shingles are peeled back, they will not be able to adequately protect your roof in a storm and your home will become much more damaged when a storm occurs. Instead, you will want to contact a residential roofing contractor to regularly inspect your roof and perform maintenance.
Not only should the roofing contractor inspect the shingles, but they should also inspect the wood found underneath the outer layer. The wood should not be soft or your roof will likely become damaged. You might be experiencing a burst pipe. If this is the case, you'll need to have the pipes and your roof serviced as soon as possible. While you might not want to spend the money, having your roof serviced the moment that you notice a problem will save you much more money in the long run.
For more information, contact a residential roofing professional near you.